International Court of Justice

Legal Definition of International Court of Justice

: the principal judicial instrumentality of the United Nations which has jurisdiction to settle disputes between nations that have consented to such jurisdiction and to provide other branches of the U.N. (as the General Assembly) with advisory opinions

called also World Court

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“International Court of Justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/International%20Court%20of%20Justice. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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